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Friends’ year of fundraising raises over £2,500 for children’s hospice

Tuesday 9 February 2021

About 4 years ago, Gareth and Bela Morris from the East Grinstead area, got a group of friends together to raise money for charity. They decided to call the group ‘Let’s Do It’.

Friends’ year of fundraising raises over £2,500 for children’s hospice.

*Taken before COVID-19

Every month, the ‘Let’s Do It’ group organises a fun activity to raise money for their chosen charity. The activities are varied to allow everyone to take part, from children as young as seven to adults of any age. Over the years, ‘Let’s Do It’ have organised running and walking events, nights at the races, summer fetes (including the annual dog show!), tennis tournaments and Halloween fancy dress competitions. During 2020 although activities were curtailed because of the pandemic, the group raised an incredible £2,500 for a local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.

“We chose to support Chestnut Tree House as they are a wonderful children’s hospice. We all agree on the charities that we want to support at the start of each year. A lot of the group were keen to support Chestnut Tree House this year as they’ve heard about the amazing work they do in our community,” says Lisa, their treasurer.

Despite COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions, the group’s ‘Let’s Do It’ spirit remained strong in 2020. “We organised a virtual quiz night, a family TikTok competition, and even a socially distanced tennis tournament. It’s been great that throughout these difficult times, we can still have fun with our friends whilst doing something for a great cause.”

‘Let’s Do It’ have started 2021 with a 6-week virtual ‘bake-off’ competition. “Families who wish to take part donate £10, and a weekly baking challenge is then set. As it was Burns Night on Monday 25 January, we started off with a Scottish theme – the winner was a fabulous Loch Ness monster cake! Because of lockdown there’s no tasting, and the bakes are presented on a zoom get together. Some of the entries were amazing.”

The ‘Let’s Do It’ group is really pleased to be able to help Chestnut Tree House, “we are trying to raise money for charity and have a lot of fun doing it! And it’s also a great way to stay in touch with friends,” says Lisa.

To find out how you can support your local children’s hospice. Please visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk